ECV – Electric Commercial Vehicles
The Electric Commercial Vehicles (ECV) is a project entity under the EVE programme of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. ECV creates an extensive and diverse testing and expert infrastructure for electric commercial vehicles in Finland. In this context, 'Commercial vehicle' is to be understood in the broad sense, including commercial vehicles such as buses and trucks, utility vehicles, cargo transport and working machinery as well as light and heavy passenger cars. ECV gathers together a large number of companies in the industry, research institutes and universities. The network and results of ECV are directly exploited by approximately 30 domestic or international technology companies operating in the electric commercial vehicle value chain. It also involves several public domain stakeholders.
The structure of ECV
ECV consists of a research-institute-driven public research project, networked with industrial development projects benefiting from the joint research. The public joint research section comprises four work packages:
- Electrochemical energy storage (work package eStorage3)
- Electric bus technology (work package eBus)
- Hybrid-electric working machine (work package Tubridi)
- System engineering, power grid and charging (work package eCharge)
The industrial projects include the following projects:
- eBus-Veolia (Transdev Finland, electric buses pilot operation in city of Espoo)
- eBusSystem (Helsinki Region Transport, city of Espoo, Fortum, electric bus system-level demonstraion project)
- eForklift (Rocla, electric forklift)
- Visedo New Technology (Visedo, electric powertrain development)
- Linkker Ltd (Linkker, electric bus manufacture)
- Tamware (Tamware Ltd, electric doors for buses)
- additionally, four industrial projects are linked to the network but anonymous
Additionally, some key international projects are tightly linked to the context of ECV
- ZeEUS, a UITP-coordinated FP7 flagship project on zero-emission urban bus systems, www.zeeus.eu. VTT participates in the project.
- EBSF_2, a commencing UITP-coordinated H2020 project on advanced bus concepts for increased efficiency. VTT participates in the project.
New projects, both domestic and internations, especially industrial participants are actively sought.
Benefits and strengths of the ECV network
Through its comprehensiveness, as well as strong work packages and their mutual synergies, ECV is extremely effective in promoting the development of electric commercial vehicles and working machinery. The ECV projects create an extensive testing and development environment for electric commercial vehicles and their components. The equipment of ECV's public R&D environment is mainly built around testing and development activities of the project's solid foundation, the research-institute-driven sector. At the same time, the equipment and competence infrastructure of ECV provides great traction for companies in the industry to establish new corporate projects and join them to the ECV entity. The ECV environment is constructed so that its various work packages support each other and form a strong whole. ECV's support for the companies and actors joining it:
- R&D environments (equipment with long service life)
- Training and education, developing competence (an investment in the future)
- Testing and development of components and subsystems
- Demonstrations on various platforms
- Fleet testing in actual operating environments
- Validation and comparison of technologies
Companies, research institutes and universities benefit from ECV by:
- Gaining the support of the ECV environment for their activities (significant public funding)
- Achieving research results together, i.e. added value from networking and sharing testing expertise, among others
- Competent purchasing (procuring the right components)
- Participating in the construction of the environment (“purchasing expertise together”)
- Expanding their competence base (training and recruitment)
The core themes of ECV are testing and research (both in the field and in the laboratory, on different levels, from components to entire systems) as well as modelling and simulation. The cumulative competence chain in modelling serves the end user: Components/subsystems/vehicles/field applications for vehicles. Testing activities accumulate knowledge and integrate it in the transition from component to machine.
The parties in the ECV entity
The following actors are part of the ECV network:
Research parties: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Tampere University of Technology, University of Vaasa
Corporate project-owner parties: Transdev Finland, Rocla, Helsinki Region Transport, city of Espoo, Fortum, plus a handful of anonymous industrial partners.
In addition, more than 25 companies operating in various areas of the industry take part in the jointly funded public research work packages.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (ECV coordination)
tel. +358 20 722 4884